It’s time now to start rolling out the rankings, as the drafts are starting to get scheduled and everyone’s prepping. Once we’re doing rolling these out, we’ll give you a spreadsheet with our rankings and steamer projections. That way you can erase my rankings and improve your experience, if that’s what you’re all about. You’ll notice that the ‘draft tools’ box to the bottom right is slowly filling up. And if you need a little ‘extra,’ there’s always FG+ to give you advanced fantasy research and player caps on 1250 player pages.
No more ado. Catchers!
One more year with Joe Mauer, and his move to first base might make him especially sexy this year. More plate appearances! Less wear and tear! Brian McCann might get some extra time at DH, plus he has that alluring short porch and a park that loves lefty hitters. Old man A.J. Pierzynski inspired some different levels of excitement, as did the young man with the high batting average on balls in play in Chicago. Looks like Devin Mesoraco is a staff favorite, and htere’s a little bit of love for Yasmani Grandal and A.J. Ellis. Nobody’s all that into Jarrod Saltalamacchia, sort of.
And if you’re complaining about someone ranked ninth to 18th… I dunno. Seems like a big pool of guys that could hit .260 with 18 homers (or similar value, since some will hit for more power, and some for a better batting average). It’s that mess of guys in the middle that seems to suggest that waiting on a catcher in a one-catcher mixed league is the way to go. Is there a huge difference between Jason Castro and Yan Gomes?
Rankings based on 5×5 roto, 12 teams, single-catcher with Middle Infield and Corner Infield spots, 14 hitters and 9 pitchers. Each ranker had their own mix of projections and intuition.
With a phone full of pictures of pitchers' fingers, strange beers, and his two toddler sons, Eno Sarris can be found at the ballpark or a brewery most days. Read him here, writing about the A's or Giants at The Athletic, or about beer at October. Follow him on Twitter @enosarris if you can handle the sandwiches and inanity.